Mexico obtained its independence from Spain in 1821. Before that date, the area under Spanish rule was huge and included much of the southern United States, from Louisiana to the west coast of California. Therefore, many people in the United States can trace their ancestry back to Mexico. This four-page, laminated guide will give you the solid foundation needed to start tracing your Mexican ancestors.
It begins with a discussion of Hispanic naming traditions and how they offer valuable clues for your family history research. Then, after a brief jurisdictional history of Mexico, the major record sources are described—civil registration records, Catholic parish records, census records, and immigration records. Some useful supplementary record sources, language aides, and a list of online resources are also included.
In other words, Genealogy at a Glance: Mexican Genealogy Research lays out all the basic elements of Mexican family history research in an easy-to-use format, allowing researchers to grasp the fundamentals of Mexican genealogy at a glance.